Detroit Jews on the Move


Thursday, June 27    
6:30 PM

Event Type

Mary Einstein Shapero Memorial Lecture Series

Thursday, June 27 

6:30 PM

Each year, the Mary Einstein Shapero Memorial Lecture series hosts a notable speaker. The enriching series is sponsored by the Honorable Walter Shapero and Kathleen Straus, and due to their generosity, this program remains free and accessible to all.

Detroit Jews on the Move: Jewish Migration in the 20th Century

Guest Speaker: Professor Deborah Dash Moore
Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan

Professor Deborah Dash Moore will present Detroit Jews on the Move. Since arriving in the city of Detroit in the early 20th century, Detroit Jews have repeatedly moved, rarely staying in one neighborhood for more than a generation. But where they moved–and when–depended in part on other residents in Detroit, both Black and White. This talk discusses Jewish patterns of movement into, around, and out of the city and explores reasons for moving, ranging from racism and antisemitism to social mobility and generational change. Professor Deborah Dash Moore specializes in twentieth century urban Jewish history. Her recent book, Walkers in the City: Jewish Street Photographers of Mid-Century New York (2023) won a National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. Currently she serves as editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, a ten-volume anthology of original sources translated into English from the biblical period to 2005, selected by leading scholars. 

Free and open to the community, registration is required: